The School's popular science fieldtrip was another resounding success. Not only did our young people find good examples of minerals such as fluorspar, galena, quartz, ironstone, oh and fossils of course. But they also came face to face with some of the local wild life, a common lizard and a grass snake.
Stanhope is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and a great learning environment.
Our young people can see first-hand the geological layers of different rock formations.
The fossils found here were a type of marine coral indicating that this whole area was once covered by the sea.
Local and cultural links could also be made. The North East has abig history with mining so it was good for our young people to see those links for themselves. Limestone was quarried here and used in the building industry.
Some of the limestone in this area is known as Frosterly Marble (it’s not a true marble) and has been exported and used in churches throughout the world to make altars, including the famous Durham Cathedral which is just a bit further down the road from Stanhope.